Waimea man arrested; officer awarded

  • Sergeant Erich Jackson, center, was awarded the HISSPA Officer of the Quarter for Q3 2019. (Courtesy photo)

Hawaii Island Police arrested a Waimea man following an investigation into a residential burglary.

On Friday, South Kohala Patrol officers responded to a report of a burglary in the 69-1600 block of Puako Beach Drive. Upon their arrival, officers learned a male suspect was observed removing various tools from within an open garage. The male suspect then left the area on foot. Officers immediately conducted checks for the suspect and located him near the shoreline at the Puako Boat Ramp.

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Kyle Lusardi, 26, of Waimea, was arrested and transported to the South Kohala Police Station as officers continued the investigation.

Officers located and recovered all of the stolen items which were then returned to the owner. After consulting with the Prosecutor’s Office, Lusardi was charged for burglary in the first-degree and theft in the fourth-degree. His bail has been set at $5,250. Lusardi was transported to the Kealakehe Police Station where he will remain pending his initial court appearance on Monday.

The Hawaii Police Department encourages community members to remain vigilant and aware of neighborhood surroundings and activities and to report any suspicious persons and vehicles to police by calling the non-emergency number at (808) 935-3311.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact Officer Robert Ayau at (808) 887-3080 or police dispatch at (808) 935-3311.

Jackson awarded Officer of quarter

On Friday, the Hawaii Island Security and Safety Professionals Association, (HISSPA), recognized Sergeant Erich Jackson as their HISSPA Officer of the Quarter for Q3 2019.

Jackson is currently assigned to the South Kohala Patrol Division where he commands a shift of patrol officers. He was nominated for this recognition because of his outstanding job performance as a supervisor, commitment to the South Kohala Community, and his dedication to duty.

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He has supervised and coordinated the arrests of numerous dangerous suspects, which resulted in the seizure of illegal firearms and the recovery of stolen vehicles and illegal drugs. Additionally, under his direction, his shift of officers along with his enforcement efforts, have resulted in 31 OVUII arrests and the issuance of over 2,000 citations in county fiscal year 2018-2019.

Sergeant Jackson exemplifies all of the department’s core values and is a true asset to not only this organization but to his community that he serves and protects.

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